Greener pastures: The industry is rebounding on the back of rising dairy prices

The Dairy Cattle Farming market research report provides key industry analysis and industry statistics, measures market size, analyzes current and future industry trends and shows market share for the industry’s largest companies. IBISWorld publishes the largest collection of industry reports so you can see an industry’s supply chain, economic drivers and key buyers and markets.


Market Share of Companies
There are no companies with a dominant market share in this industry
Industry Statistics & Market Size
Annual Growth
2013 - 2018
Annual Growth
2018 - 2023

Industry Threats & Opportunities

  • Wide fluctuations in domestic and global dairy prices have made industry revenue more volatile
  • Farmgate milk prices are largely determined by major dairy processors, such as Fonterra
  • Farmgate milk prices are forecast to rise over the period, boosting industry revenue

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    Industry Analysis & Industry Trends

    The Dairy Cattle Farming industry has faced a range of challenges over the past five years, including demand fluctuations, global market shifts and fluctuating farmgate prices. Plummeting global dairy prices heavily influenced the industry’s performance over the three years through 2016-17. However, dairy prices are expected to recover over 2017-18, which will benefit dairy farms. Overall, industry revenue is expected to rise by an annualised 2.2% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach $4.3 billion. National dairy herd numbers are  expected to increase during 2017-18, which is likely to boost national milk production in the current year. These trends, coupled with higher farmgate prices for raw milk, are expected to increase industry revenue by 8.0% in 2017-18...

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    Industry Report - Industry Analysis Chapter

    Several external factors have influenced the Dairy Cattle Farming industry’s performance over the past five years. Changes in milk prices and production made industry revenue volatile over the period. For example, farmgate milk prices and national milk production declined during 2012-13, which contributed to an estimated 6.8% contraction in industry revenue that year. Volatility in domestic and global demand for milk, and weather conditions has further affected industry revenue over the past five years.

    Industry revenue is expected to grow at an annualised 2.2% over the five years through 2017-18, to reach $4.3 billion. The number of dairy farms has declined substantially over the past two decades. In the past five years, enterprise numbers have continued to fall steadily. Adv..

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    Additional Insights for the Dairy Cattle Farming Industry

    IBISWorld identifies 250 Key Success Factors for a business.The most important for the Dairy Cattle Farming Industry are

  • Economies of scale
  • Superior financial management and debt management
  • Appropriate climatic conditions
  • IBISWorld analysts also discuss how external factors such as Domestic price of milk and Milk production in the Dairy Cattle Farming industry impact industry performance..

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    Industry Products

    What is the Dairy Cattle Farming Industry?

    Operators in the Dairy Cattle Farming industry raise and milk dairy cattle. The industry is made up of numerous small dairy farms that produce raw milk. These farms are mostly family owned and operated.

    Industry Products
    Milk for manufacturing
    Drinking milk
    Industry Activities
    Dairy cattle farming
    Raw cattle milk production

    Table of Contents

    About this Industry
    Industry Definition
    Main Activities
    Similar Industries
    Additional Resources
    Industry at a Glance
    Industry Statistics Snapshot
    Industry Structure
    Executive Summary
    Industry Performance
    Executive Summary
    Key External Drivers
  • Domestic price of milk
  • Milk production
  • Level of annual rainfall
  • Milk consumption
  • Domestic price of coarse grains
  • Electricity service price

  • Current Performance
  • Milk prices
  • Downstream markets
  • Chart: Revenue Growth

  • Industry Outlook
  • Milk production
  • International influences
  • Industry landscape
  • Table: Dairy Cattle Farming Industry Revenue Outlook

  • Industry Life Cycle
  • Life cycle reasons
  • Chart: Benchmarking - Dairy Cattle Farming Industry Lifecycle vs The Economy

  • Products & Markets
    Supply Chains
    Key Buying Industries
  • Milk and Cream Processing
  • Ice Cream Manufacturing
  • Butter and Dairy Product Manufacturing
  • Cheese Manufacturing
  • Milk Powder Manufacturing

  • Key Selling Industries
  • Agricultural Machinery Manufacturing
  • Prepared Animal and Bird Feed Manufacturing
  • Shearing, Cropping and Agricultural Support Services
  • Veterinary Services

  • Products & Services
  • Milk for manufacturing
  • Drinking milk
  • Cattle
  • Chart: Dairy Cattle Farming Industry Products and Services Segmentation

  • Demand Determinants
    Major Markets
  • Other dairy product manufacturers
  • Cheese manufacturers
  • Milk processors
  • Farms and abattoirs
  • Chart: Major Market Segmentation for the Dairy Cattle Farming Industry

  • International Trade
    Business Locations
    Chart: Business Locations by State
    Competitive Landscape
    Market Share Concentration
    Key Success Factors
    Cost Structure Benchmarks
  • Chart: Cost Structure Benchmarking – Sector vs Dairy Cattle Farming

  • Basis of Competition
  • Internal competition
  • External competition

  • Barriers to Entry
  • Table: Barrier to Entry Checklist for the Dairy Cattle Farming Industry

  • Industry Globalization
    Major Companies
    There are no major players in this industry
    Operating Conditions
    Capital Intensity
  • Chart: Level of Capital Intensity for the Dairy Cattle Farming Industry
  • Chart: Tools of the Trade: Growth Strategies for Success

  • Technology & Systems
    Revenue Volatility
  • Chart: Volatility vs Industry Growth

  • Regulation & Policy
    Industry Assistance
    Key Statistics
    Table: Industry Data for the Dairy Cattle Farming Industry
  • Industry Revenue (2009-2023)
  • Industry Gross Product (2009-2023)
  • Establishments (2009-2023)
  • Businesses (2009-2023)
  • Employment (2009-2023)
  • Wages (2009-2023)

  • Table: Annual Percentage Change for Key Industry Data
    Table: Key Ratios for Industry Key Data
    Jargon & Glossary
  • The predominant protein in cow milk and cheese.
  • Dairy Co-Op
  • A cooperative owned by a group of dairy farmers enabling them to supply bulk milk volumes.
  • Dairy Products
  • Foodstuffs made from milk, such as cheese, yoghurt, butter and cream.
  • El Nino
  • A recurring weather pattern that typically causes drought conditions across the eastern states of Australia.
  • Farmgate Milk Price
  • The price that a dairy farm receives for its milk.
  • Fodder
  • Roughage, such as hay, fed to livestock.
  • Imputed Wage
  • The estimated labour input of the farm owner, their partner and/or family members, based on hours worked and wages outlined in the Federal Pastoral Industry Award.
  • Milk Tier
  • Milk supplies are divided into separate volumes and priced separately. Tier 1 milk is the volume the farmer is contracted to produce. Tier 2 is additional milk produced, beyond the contracted amount.
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